What's your best response to "I don't know why this isn't working"?

peledzohar profile image Zohar Peled ・1 min read

Mine was a few years ago, when a colleague sitting next to me started asking herself "Why isn't this working? I don't understand it! I've tried anything I can think of..."
At this point I've turned to her and asked "Well, Did you sacrifice a goat?"

BTW, she found and fixed the bug the second she started to explain the problem to me.


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'Try restarting the machine/server'


It works on my machine


Have you googled it?


Did you pray to Jon Skeet?


FYI: that's called "rubber duck debugging".